“If Leonard Cohen is out of step with the modern music business machine then the music business must be out of sync with life, one felt forced to conclude”

Steve Lake reviewing the Frankfurt concert in Melody Maker, Nov 22, 1980. Quoted in Is This What You Wanted by Jim Devlin (Sept 1997)

Note: Originally posted Apr 6, 2013 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Signs of Leonard Cohen: 1980 Hamburg Concert Poster


This altogether impressive poster for the November 21, 1980 Leonard Cohen Hamburg concert held at the Congress Centrum echos the cover art of Leonard Cohen’s Recent Songs album.

The backup band, Passenger, is given its own billing, albeit in smaller typeface. The poster also promotes two Leonard Cohen albums, The Best of Leonard Cohen and  Recent Songs, at its bottom corners.

Note: Originally posted February 17, 2011 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Ooba-Ooo: Leonard Cohen’s Memories Monologue & Do-Dum-Dum-Dum Precursor – Tel-Aviv 1980


Leonard Cohen & Sharon Robinson performing in 1980 (Amsterdam)


The Leonard Cohen Stage Soliloquy With Nonsense Syllables You (Probably) Haven’t Heard

At a 1980 Tel-Aviv concert, Leonard Cohen presented, during the final portion of “Memories,” a remarkable Israel-specific monologue that foreshadowed the format of stage banter abetted by non-lexical vocables he would use many times 30 years later during the 2008-2010 Tour. Although the speech is poignant, funny, and enlightening, it is almost completely unknown, even to ardent Cohen fans. Prior to this post, in fact, as far as I can determine, there has been no mention, let alone discussion, of Cohen’s “Memories” monologue in print or online.

Before directly examining the content of that disquisition, however, some background information is necessary:

  1. The 1980 Tel-Aviv concert context
  2. Leonard Cohen’s Answer To The Great Mysteries, stage business from the 2008-2010 Tour with similarities to the 1980 “Memories” monologue

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Four Rare, Unpublished Photos Of Leonard Cohen In Concert: Concertgebouw, Amsterdam – Oct 30, 1980



Leonard Cohen – Amsterdam
Concertgebouw, Oct 30, 1980

Leonard Cohen In Concert 1974-1993: Photos By Pete Purnell: Pete Purnell contributed remarkable photos from the 2012 Leonard Cohen Tour. Consequently, when he mentioned photos he had taken at Cohen concerts in the 1970s and 1980s, I was eager to view them. And, when I saw these outstanding images, I was eager to post them for others to savor as well. Leonard Cohen In Concert 1974-1993: Photos By Pete Purnell comprises five photo sets, each typically containing four black and white shots, of Leonard Cohen concerts between 1974 and 1993. All posts in this series are listed at Leonard Cohen In Concert 1974 To 1993: Photos By Pete Purnell.

imgLC026_bewerkt-1-90029imgLC023_bewerkt-ed900Note: Originally posted Oct 19, 2012 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric